Australian Privacy Chief Joins Ashley Madison Hack Probe
Hackers claim to have exposed the profiles of as many as 37 million customers worldwide, including Australians. The revelations have reportedly led to several suicides.
Pilgrim holds the joint roles of Privacy Commissioner, to which he was reappointed this week, and – on an acting basis – Information Commissioner
He said the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) began making inquiries following the initial attack in July. Ashley Madison owner Avid Life Media has been co-operating with the agency, the OAIC said, and the Australian investigation will be conducted jointly with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
The OAIC’s investigation will centre on whether Avid Life Media – as a business operating in this country – met its obligations under the Australian Privacy Act to take reasonable steps to ensure the security of its customers’ personal information.